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Clockwise from top left: Personal trainer Charlayne signed up to an adult website after a friend mentioned she earned thousands of pounds using her webcam. After creating her profile, Charlayne received calls within minutes from men wanting to chat. Charlayne Everhart still lives in fear of her past after she fell victim to stalkers. No longer a webcam girl, Charlayne says 'There is still a real possibility a caller from my past could turn up on my doorstep any time' Rose Alexander, 19, says webcam work 'could come back to haunt you' and bottom left, Adele Matthews, 20 says 'You never know who is on the other side of the screen'.

‘Webcam work is fast track to the sex trade’: Warning to women seeking ‘easy money’

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WOMEN being paid to entertain men on webcams is a £1billion-plus industry, according to The Sun.  But naive girls are discovering this seemingly easy way to earn draws them into the sex industry. A report this month revealed a staggering 250,000 students are signed up to a seedy “sugar daddy” dating app to spend their time with wealthy, older men for money.

 Women can be lured by the idea of funding a university education or living a debt-free life just by harmless chatting on camera.The head of the Women’s Network at University College London, Natalie James, 23, warns: “There is a worry about students’ safety. They may not feel comfortable confiding fears about their work and this can be dangerous as it leaves them unable to turn to anybody if things get out of control.”

The virtual world of appearing on webcams for cash certainly has a dark underbelly, as former webcam girl Jana Bern can testify. The McDonald’s worker from Streatham, South London, took part in webcam work for four months last year to make extra cash. She has a warning for anyone hoping to use webcams to pay their bills as she found herself drawn into performing sex acts on screen.

Devastated Jana, now 46, says: “Most nights I’d lie awake feeling used and dirty and hating myself for going too far. I realised I was a porn star.” Jana is a single mum to an 11-year-old and the work was recommended by a younger colleague as a way to make money quickly.  She says: “It looked very safe and glamorous. At first it was easy flirting, but within a month clients started wanting more.”

Regular high-paying patrons soon requested she get fully naked. Jana says: “They couldn’t touch me and I couldn’t see them so it didn’t feel real at first.” Men began offering more money to move their conversations to Skype and Jana says this was the start of a string of private sex shows that she found shameful. She says her clients pushed her into demoralising sexual acts.

She made £600 in four months but now lives with the regret of “selling” her body. She says: “I wanted to say no but because the callers had often pre-paid, they told me I was obliged to do what they asked.” Charlayne Everhart’s story reveals another frightening side to the webcamming world as she became a victim of stalkers.

A friend of hers had mentioned she earned thousands of pounds a week using her webcam, so after Charlayne’s relationship broke down she signed up to an adult website.

Personal trainer Charlayne, 32, from Ipswich, says: “I created a profile and was shocked when, within minutes, I was getting calls from men wanting to chat. I took my very first call that night — it just involved chatting about Star Wars for 20 minutes. When it hit home that I’d earned £70 — and this was seven years ago — it seemed just as good as the websites made out. Within three months I signed up to pay for a personal training qualification and managed to put my daughter into private school.”

But Charlayne’s webcam work had frightening consequences.

She says: “My clients started asking me to flash nipples and take my underwear off. I was earning so much, I thought I should go along with it. “But one time I was in London and a man shouted my name at a train station. I tried to walk in the other direction but he ran towards me and said he was a client. I told him to leave me alone and walked away.”

Less than two weeks later, the same man came to a pub she was at, then the next day visited her house and threw paint stripper over her car. She says: “I was terrified.” Worried for her safety, Charlayne quit webcam work immediately. But even that did not end her ordeal. She says: “Three months later I left the gym and was walking down a dark alley when a guy from the class ran after me.

“He said he used to be one of my webcam callers and confessed that he loved me. “I managed to run away but couldn’t believe how out of hand it had got.” Now, as the quick-fix “career” is glamorised further, with women writing books to teach new webcammers how to maximise income, Charlayne is speaking out to warn others of her experiences.

She says: “There is still a real possibility a caller from my past could turn up on my doorstep at any time.” ADVERTISING student Rose Alexander, 19, from Bournemouth would never be tempted to earn money through a webcam. She says: “Once you put something online it’s there for ever. Someone can screenshot it and it could come back to haunt you.”

Sociology student Adele Matthews, 20, who is studying at Cardiff University, believes webcam work is dangerous. She says: “You never know who is on the other side of the screen – it could be anyone.”

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